Go Go Gourmet: Chef of the Year (Bigfishgames.com)

After visiting many different restaurants and opening her very own, Ginger signs up for the Chef of the Year contest.  Can she win against the seven best chefs the world has to offer?

Again, we have plenty of wacky characters.  Each one has worked their whole life as a chef while Ginger’s only started last year.  You can imagine that she does feel out of place, but it’s played more for comedy than drama.  Therefore, you don’t have to worry about any annoying whiney scenes about Ginger’s low self-esteem.  Like I said, the chefs are insane in their own way and once again, Ginger is the only sane woman there.

The game play’s not that much different from the last game, except you’re serving judges and trying to get first place.

If you serve a few of them quickly enough you’ll get a special power up.  You can also win trophies and new outfits for your character.

In each country you visit, you earn one outfit that increases your speed, one that increases the judge’s patience, and one that adds bonus points to every dish.  After you complete each country, you get a recipe that you can print off.

In the final round, you have to complete a recipe before the only remaining opponent finishes.

It’s very funny and not a bad waste of time.  I give it 9 out of 10, not a bad sequel.

Go Go Gourmet

When Ginger’s Grandpa goes on a quest to find the world’s hottest chili recipe, she inherits a small beat up old building.  In order to fix it up, Ginger must work under wacky restaurant owners and learn new recipes.

The plot is simple, but funny.  Each restaurant owner has their own wacky quirk.  My favorite is the one in charge of the Asian restaurant.  He’s a fat guy who wants to get in shape, and does so by working out at an irregular pace and eating three boxes of fat-free cookies.  While working at the restaurants, Ginger also receives calls from her eccentric grandpa who has all sorts of wacky tales to share.  During the game, you get the feeling that Ginger’s the only sane woman in her world.

The game play is a cross between hidden object and time management.  Different customers request different dishes and you have to complete them before they get angry and leave.  You also have to collect different ingredients around the kitchen in order to complete the recipes.  During the game, you can revisit the building and use the money you make for renovations.  At the end, you are cooking in the kitchen and you get a visit from each restaurant owner you worked for throughout the game.

The game is not only fun, it’s also quite humorous.  There were some parts that had me laughing out loud.  I give this game 9 out of 10.